(a) Every school peace officer first employed by a K-12 public school district before July 1, 1999, shall, in order to retain his or her employment, fulfill both of the following conditions:
(1) The employee shall submit to the school district one copy of his or her fingerprints on forms prescribed by the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice shall forward this copy to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(2) The employee shall be determined to be a person who is not prohibited from employment by a school district pursuant to Sections 44237 and 45122.1 , and, if the employee is required to carry a firearm, shall be determined by the Department of Justice to be a person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm.
(b) The Department of Justice may participate in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in lieu of submitting fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to meet the requirements of this section relating to firearms.
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